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The news has been absolutely shocking this week. The weather is bad. A Frenchman has had an affair. Politicians are finding it hard to agree on stuff. Men in power have proven that they can’t be trusted. And women can do what men can’t (re: The Ashes and to be honest probably much more). Amongst all these revelations, we are going to try and break from the tedious, obvious and stereotypical January advice by telling you about economising, why being nice is good and the benefits of exercise. Oops, we've done it too, but don't worry it is much more fun the Oddbins way…


Confucius was a wise man, not someone who tricked flowering shrubs as his name suggests. We know he was wise because he had the prerequisite impressive beard, flowing robes and propensity to speak in riddles. Now, we at Oddbins may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, but we’re not convinced by his wisdom, and this is why…

This month we unleashed the Oddbins January Sale, the perfect way to spend less on the things you love. However, we’ve slashed prices on so many wines and spirits that across the country huge swathes of people are vacillating wildly over which wines to purchase. This proves that economising does not negate agonising and therefore Confucius could’ve more succinctly said “people have to think about stuff”, which doesn’t seem that wise does it? All this Confucius has confused us, so we’re off to peruse the fantastic selection of offers on our website and the even greater number in our shops, safe in the knowledge that nobody can argue that saving money isn’t fun.


The quote above was taken from, a lovely website that allows students, parents and colleagues to do exactly what its name suggests. Oddbins loves this idea. Oddbins would not be what it is without teachers. Unfortunately if we thanked every one of the teachers that made us who we are, this email would become even more waffly than normal. So instead, this weekend (Friday 17 – Sunday 19 January 2014) we’re offering 10% off wine to all teachers. Don’t believe us? Have a read of our blog. And if you are a brewer or a beer drinker, you may want to have a read also, because you are up the weekend after. From all at Oddbins: thank you teachers.


We’ve not a Scooby Doo who P Martin Scott was/is. We tried to find out, but apparently the internet doesn’t actually cover everything yet and there are loads of shiny things to distract you. However, what P Martin Scott seems to be saying is that bicycles indicate an environmental condition in the human world, like the rose bushes planted at the end of the rows do in a vineyard. But what does the increasing number of bicycles in Britain indicate? Answers on a postcard. Is the UK getting healthier? Are we becoming more environmentally conscious? Are the prices of other forms of transport proving unpalatable? Maybe all of these things, or maybe we just want to return to our childhood and have a bit more fun. Now, if you watch Call the Midwife, you may be forgiven for thinking that riding a bicycle does not result in a barrel of laughs, but there has to be an exception to every rule. Riding a bike can be really fun, but don’t just take our word for it, John F Kennedy said: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”

If you aren’t convinced, don’t worry, we’re not going to bully you into it. But we would suggest the Paseo Red or White from Portugal as an alternative. These superb value (£5.75), gorgeously fruity wines come from the same stable that brought you Quinta Bons Ventos and they even have a bicycle on them, which is almost as good as actually riding a bike. And the white one goes really well with shellfish, eaten while sitting on the edge of a bay. What do you think that indicates?

That’s all from us, now how long until the next series of Sherlock?